Xin Zhao Build Guide by ToeKnee
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Xin Zhao Build
Not Updated For Current Season
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Xin is my favorite melee dps carry in the entire game. He's strong through early, mid, and late game. He was recently buffed and is great for carrying ranked games. I couldn't find any good jungle builds for him, and have recently been doing great in ranked. So i decided to make my own. This is my first build so please give me feedback.
Pros / Cons
Good in team fights
OP when fed
Can go hybrid tank
Slow early game
Jungle can be ruined
Bullied by ranged
Mark of Desolation
This is just some extra dps, its contributes and scales with damage better then AD runes. These will also help you jungle.
Seal of Alacrity
This helps your attack speed and scales great late game. The bonus helps your passive and jungling. More attack speed= more damage.
Glyph of Focus / Celerity
These are to help always being able to use your abilities constantly. Having your Q up always and being able to charge earlier increases damage output and can make the difference between life and death. Your W gives cd reduction as well, making this hero very micro intensive. Try to always be using abilities.
Start out with cloth armor and health pots, easiest way to jungle
Then buy madreds, helps jungling insanely as well
Get wriggles, lay wards at dragon and in jungle if they have one
Boots right after, otherwise you're really slow
Zeal for some extra attack speed
Black cleaver for attack speed and damage
Phantom dancer to finish it off
Bloodthirster for insane lifesteal, try to get to +40
Trinity Force is just an overall good item, helps everything, phage slow, sheen procs good for towers and extra dmg, and extra attack speed
Sword of the Divine
Three Talon Strike - This is your main ability. It does the most damage and has a really good knock up effect. NOTE : MAKE SURE TO USE THIS BEFORE A GANK. So that your first few hits, it will proc the knock up. 3 is the magic number
Battle Cry - This ability is also very important. The cooldown reduction is the main reason why. Use this once your Q is on cooldown. It doesnt go on cooldown until the knock up, so monitor that. This helps jungling immensely
Audacious Charge - Ganking ability, used to initiate. It does aoe dmg and helps for farming minions.
Crescent Sweep - Ultimate is very good in team fights, try in get as many people with it as you can. It helps armor and does a percentage or health, use at the beginning because it scales better.
For Example: 1000 HP - 20% = 200 dmg
500 HP - 20% = 100 dmg
And so on
Smite - This is just necessary for jungling
Ghost - Speed boost helps immensely since xin is very fast
Flash, Cleanse, Clairvoyance & Fortitude ( if you dont have any on your team ) are good as well
I start at blue, it spawns at 1:56. Have someone leash, use your Q and smite when it's low health, you'll be fine. Runes help immensely. Then i move on to wolves, wraiths,golems, and red. All using health pots in between.
Xin can lane just fine, but i prefer to jungle so i can get ahead by ganking, and giving a teamate a solo lane.
Try and get as many as you can with ult. Make sure you use a knockup to interrupt. It can interrupt nunu ult, or malz ult. This helps alot, getting the team out of a cc and a ton of dmg.
Always be using abilities when ever they are up.
Like i said, its my first guide, help me out, tell me what you think. I kinda just eagerly ran through this with out much detail. I might make a caitlyn build or revise this one for more detail. Add me if you want to play, always room for improvement and looking for some new friends. Xin is awesome, try this out. Always nice to have a good xin jungle carry in ranked.
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